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Further and Higher Education Minister visits to find out about research and innovation

Mr Richard Lochhead MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, today visited the James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie to hear about world leading research in land, crop, waters and the environment.

During his visit, Mr Lochhead was briefed about the progress of the International Barley Hub and the Advanced Plant Growth Centre initiatives, since the announcement of their inclusion in the Tay Cities Deal.

Deeper scrutiny of plant and microbe interactions key for food safety

The complex landscape of plants and microbe interaction means that food safety specialists should consider fine detail and cannot generalise when carrying out risk assessments, new research by James Hutton Institute scientists has shown.

Fresh produce is an important vehicle for transmission of disease-causing bacteria like Eschericia coli, and experimental evidence shows that they can colonise plants as secondary hosts, but differences in the capacity to colonise occur between different plant species and tissues.

‘Why invest in nature?’ short film competition launches for 2019

Young filmmakers with a passion for nature are being sought for a new competition that aims to encourage businesses to see the benefits of the natural world.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital (SFNC), of which the James Hutton Institute is a member, have joined forces with business, education and the arts industry to offer young people the opportunity to share work inspired by Scotland’s nature.

Celebrating the North East's 2019 Young Wildlife Champions

An eight-year-old campaigner, a social media whizz kid, a budding nature detective and several keen camera trappers have all been recognised as 2019 Young Wildlife Champions by the North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership, in a drive to celebrate the contribution of youngsters to the protection of biodiversity in the North East.

James Hutton Institute unveils Hydro Nation International Centre

As part of Scotland’s continued efforts to become the world’s first Hydro Nation – one that manages its water environment to the best advantage and uses its expertise at home and internationally - the James Hutton Institute has announced, on World Water Day 2019, the establishment of the Hydro Nation International Centre at its Aberdeen site with ongoing support from the Macaulay Development Trust.

James Hutton Institute to host 2019 European Forest Institute Annual Conference

Forests are the most important and versatile ecological infrastructure in Europe. Today, they cover 35% of the pan-European landscape, hosting an important share of biodiversity and providing products and services which support the resilience of rural areas and the wellbeing of urban ones. Forests also provide crucial ecosystem services, supporting the sustainability of critical resources like water and soil, and play a key role in adaptation and mitigation to climate change.

Don’t close the door on European funding, say organisations across Britain

The James Hutton Institute has endorsed a statement sent to ministers and MPs calling on the UK to remain part of the EU’s cross-border funding programmes after Brexit. The campaign is supported by a wide range of public and private sector bodies, including councils, universities, enterprise agencies and charities. Transnational organisations and neighbouring regional and local authorities in France and Norway have also supported the statement.

Excellence accolade for innovative Hutton-IGS Knowledge Transfer Partnership

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the James Hutton Institute and Scottish-based agritech business Intelligent Growth Solutions Limited (IGS), has been distinguished with the highest grade of “Outstanding” by the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Grading Panel in recognition of its excellence. The aim was to develop innovative crop systems that will produce high-quality products year-round with a limited environmental footprint.

PhD research showcased at Hutton 2019 postgraduate event

Our annual Postgraduate Student Event, which showcases the excellent science being undertaken by postgraduate students at the James Hutton Institute, took place at the Birnam Arts and Conference Centre, Birnam on Wednesday 6th March and Thursday 7th March 2019.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.